NBA Playoffs Toronto Raptors Win First Game one in 17 Years

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The NBA Playoffs kicked off this weekend; the season opened with a clash between the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards. On Thursday night, Basketball Power Index (BPI) had the Raptors with an 88% win over the Wizards, and on Saturday the Raptors emerged victoriously!

Scoring just eight ahead of the Wizards in a 114-106 win and ending a 17-year game 1 ‘curse’. While this was a huge success for the Toronto Raptors, their odds for winning the season is long at +850 on most major online sportsbooks. Despite their record of 59-23, DeMar DeRozan and crew will have to work much harder to land a spot in the finals.

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NBA Playoffs has Canadian Rapper Drake Seated CourtSide

The Raptors may have won the game but its Canadian rapper, Drake, who won the hearts of all. Sporting a Humboldt Broncos jersey, the rap star paid tribute to the fatalities of last weeks’ disastrous bus crash in Saskatchewan. The crash killed Broncos coach Darcy Haugan, team statistician Brody Hinz and team defenceman Logan Boulet.

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Drake’s choice of attire was quickly noticed. With many fans taking to Twitter to express their admiration for the rapper and his gesture with the #HumboldtStrong. Some lauded the Gods Plan rapper for conveying how all of Canada stands united in tough times.

Player’s Union Demands

In other NBA news, basketball stars could get a piece of the pie, if bet on. To explain, the Players Union, which represents the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB is demanding a seat at the sports betting table. Should they succeed, betting on a sports star from any of the leagues mentioned above will profit the sports as well! The Players Union said: “the athletes must also have a seat at the table to ensure that players’ rights and the integrity of our games are protected.”

The Supreme Court is expected to release a verdict in June.